Marie Henzler, Chaplain

December 16, 2013




Marie Henzler OBITPERRY, Ga.—Marie Christina Russell Henzler, a sheriff’s office chaplain, died Nov. 13 at age 83.

Marie graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University, earned a master’s degree from Andersonville Baptist Seminary, and also attended Northwestern Schools and Bob Jones University. At a very young age she became active in Christian camping and helping the needy.

She married F. D. “Doc” Henzler on Aug. 14, 1953. Upon his graduation, they immediately entered the ministry. Marie was not only supportive but active in all of his ministries as pastor, camp director, Bible college instructor, and church planter. She was known as a cheerful, loving woman, and a dynamic Bible teacher for women and children.

When he was stepping down as director with Baptist Church Planters, they were asked to serve as chaplains with the Perry Police Department in 2000. Soon after that, they began to help the chaplain from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Upon his retirement, they both became the chaplains for the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Marie continued to actively serve as chaplain until she suffered a stroke on Oct. 21, and subsequently a fatal fall on Nov. 13.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, F. D. “Doc” Henzler; their children, Rick, Mark, Mitzi Henzler Hall, and Lois; her sister, Lucille Lewis; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.